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Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, July 2013

The acting is as good as can be expected…Pizzi’s performers move appropriately, interact well in recitatives and duets, and find expressive gestures during arias.

As for the performers, Barcellona is exceptional, by any standards…It’s quite a claim to make, I know, but it’s justified in this mezzo’s power, focus, broad range, extraordinary agility, darkly gleaming tone, and seemingly endless breath control…Darina Takova…[displays a] velvety tone, varied colors, and fine phrasing…Her duets with Barcellona are as among equals, and that’s saying a lot.

Marco Spotti is a wonderfully dark-voiced Orbazzano, while Raúl Giménez handles the difficulties of Argirio’s arias with gleaming tone and easy coloratura.

Riccardo Frizza keeps things moving, works in tandem with his singers, and points the color of his orchestral soloists whenever Rossini permits.

Worth getting? Definitely. Pizzi’s conception is thoughtful and imaginative, and elegantly carried out. The singing is…superb. This is an excellent Tancredi. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

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